Classic TV: Red Dwarf VII (1997)
The sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf hit a peak with its new format from the third season onwards. That season saw the series action move from its former base on the mining ship Red Dwarf itself to the smaller shuttle craft Starbug. It retained the three main characters of Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Lister (Craig Charles) and the Cat (Danny John-Jules), but replaced Norman Lovett as the ship's computer Holly with Hattie Hayridge in the same role, and introduced a significant new crew member in the android Kryten (Robert Llewellyn). While Holly disappeared after Red Dwarf V in 1992, the rest of the cast was unchanged until the seventh season in 1997.
|Kryten (Robert Llewellyn), Lister (Craig Charles) and Rimmer (Chris Barrie) in "Blue"|
The sixth season, Red Dwarf VI, had ended in 1993 on a cliffhanger, and it would be more than three years until the show's fans would get to see the resolution to that storyline (such as it was) and the revamped Red Dwarf that would appear in 1997. The next two seasons - Red Dwarf VII and Red Dwarf VIII - would be the final two on the BBC and both brought significant overhauls to Red Dwarf's format.
|What a guy! Princess Bonjella (Alison Senior) and Ace Rimmer (Chris Barrie) in "Stoke Me a Clipper"|
|Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) and Cat (Danny John-Jules) in "Epideme"|
|Kryten, Kochanski (Chloë Annett), Cat and Lister in "Duct Soup"|
|Chloë Annett as the new Kochanski|